‘Nobody is safe in Chechnya’: Life of torture survivor accused of being gay at risk, activists say

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09/10/2023

In 2020, a man fled Chechnya to Armenia after he was jailed, beaten and electrocuted by police who accused him of being gay. Now, a global campaign is calling on the country to ensure he isn’t extradited back to Russia on spurious charges. Global LGBTQ+ advocacy group All Out and NC SOS – activists who help queer folks and other marginalised people in crisis in the North Caucasus region of Russia – launched a campaign calling on Armenian authorities to stop the extradition of Salman Mukaev to Russia and save his life. Mukaev, a heterosexual man who was born and raised in Chechnya, fled the country in March 2020 after he was arrested and beaten because of an allegation that he’s gay.

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